In the last four years, we have commissioned over 200 panels installations in and around Toronto, generating an estimated 68,000 kWh of annual energy, equivalent to planting 20,000 seedlings annually.
ZZ has received accreditation for our achievements in the space including High Performance Residential Buildings; Building Envelopes; Stone Wool Performance and Acoustics & R-Values, to name a few. Our Consulting Packages include energy assessment that reconcile your investment to clearly show you how soon it pays for itself. In the last four years, we have commissioned over 160 panel installations in and around Toronto, generating an estimated 54,300 kWh of annual energy, equivalent to planting 15,855 seedlings annually! With the perpetual rising costs of natural gas and electricity, building a sustainable and efficient home pays for itself while also paying it forward for future generations of homeowners and contractors.
Our staff is comprised of in–house, full time crews made up experienced carpenters, framers, finishers, and skilled labourers. Through years of operations, we have built long lasting relationships with reliable and licensed sub trades. Our scale allows us to control all elements of our builds and maintain our strict standards of quality control. Each project is assigned a dedicated Site Supervisor and all aspects of project sequencing and scheduling is coordinated through our Project Manager, ensuring no item, however minor, is overlooked. Our company is only as good as our team, which is nothing shy of exceptional.Allow us the opportunity to show you.
Zeke Kaplan brings over 20 years of experience in the construction, project and property management industries to ZZ Contracting. Beginning at the age of 15, Zeke worked for his family’s development, construction and property management company and by the age of 23 managed over 1,100 residential suites. While studying at McGill University, Zeke co–founded ZZ Painting Professionals in 2008. In 2012, Zeke branched out on his own and thus began ZZ Contracting.Zeke completed his undergraduate degree from McGill University with a First–Class Honors BA, where he also served as the associate editor of Canons and received a Business Achievement Award.Zeke is active in the real estate industry with a passion for restoring and developing undervalued buildings. He has sat on multiple non–profit and profit Boards, bringing his leaderships and knowledge of construction and management industries to strengthen the organizations and companies he’s touched.Zeke is a proud husband and father to 3 beautiful children.
Project Croft involved the “as of right” build of a residential laneway duplex home. Spread over 2 storeys with a finished basement, this project revolves around sustainability: using electricity with no fossil fuels whatsoever.
Power is generated from 27 solar panels on north and south elevations, a testament to this zero fossil fuel sustainable build. The house features a peaked roofline dressed in Heron Blue above thermally modified knotty pine cladding. A nod to the old cottages that once lined Croft, formerly known as Ulster Lane.
Project Features: High efficiency split ductless heating/cooling, HRV systems and appliances, recycled Heron Blue standing seam metal roof cladding, spray foamed envelope, locally sourced red oak engineered hardwood, wifi controlled underfloor heating, smart activated sump pump battery backup + sewage ejector and a shared outdoor garden. Square Footage: 1100 sq
In the heart of Toronto’s historic Kensington Market, at the corner of Nassau & Bellevue, stands a cutting-edge structure showcasing the perfect balance between sustainable building practices and exceptional craftsmanship. The building is home to 7 commercial spaces that run entirely off 200 amp service topped by 44 solar panels.
The flagship build sits at a central artery of Kensington Market. Where once stood The Bellevue Estate, a 100-acre parcel of land owned by George Taylor Denison in the 1800s, now sits a symbiotic structure that effortlessly harmonizes sustainability with functionality. In the 1960s, the site housed a Portuguese bookstore where patrons would congregate to listen to soccer games. Decades later the corner was home to The Bellevue Diner, a beloved local brunch destination.
The exterior facade boasts striking thermally modified ash cladding from Thermory. The tongue + groove cladding is accented by protruding milled battens to create a striking aesthetic that is both unique and in character with its surroundings. Exposed Douglas Fir Glulam posts & beams, alongside flat cut fir windows & routered millwork offer an organic interior appeal that infuses the site with warmth and character.
On the west facing wall stands a captivating cactus landscape mural while the north masonry facade proudly showcases a vibrant Jimmy Hendrix mural. These murals capture and evoke the eclectic spirit of Kensington Market, serving as a visual representation of Kensington Markets’ artistic and bohemian history.
There is a secret in the back lane, hiding out behind the century-old Victorians on a downtown street. It boasts modern design, spacious-feeling rooms; framed views and landscape elements that provide privacy; and windows and skylights that bring light in at all times of day. All this and it is nestled, neatly, centrally, in a Toronto laneway.
In order to maximize space, a split-level design is utilized. That includes the living areas on the main level, two upstairs bedrooms, and a walk-out basement beneath the dining room. The wood siding was salvaged and restored from the previous building on-site, in order to bring warmth to the gray, seamed metal and reference the neighbourhood’s past.
The kitchen, sunk down a few steps to better define it from the rest of the living spaces. Built- in Douglas Fir cabinetry, and a custom Douglas Fir table.
The breakfast bar at the end of the room lets diners look out over the backyard, while the nearby freestanding cabinetry offers streamlined storage that doesn’t detract from the sight lines.
In an upstairs bedroom, a generous skylight from big foot windows and doors expands the sense of space and increases the natural light.
There is a half bath on the main level and this full one upstairs, which also has a skylight and generous ceiling height, thanks to the pitched roof. Douglas Fir cabinetry keeps consistent with the rest of the house.
“Zeke and the crew from ZZ Contracting were incredibly communicative and responsive to our questions. The entire crew was pleasant, friendly and helpful. Their work is detail oriented and immaculate. They started and completed our project within the schedule. There were no hidden costs in the contract. If additional work was required, it was discussed and approved before being addressed. We very much enjoyed working with ZZ!”
ZZ Contracting did an amazing job on our house.The crew was careful, hard working, attentive to the smallest details, professional and friendly. Zeke is very responsive and I was aware of costs and timelines throughout the project. I would hire them again.
ZZ Contracting redid my kitchen, painted my whole condo and installed hardwood floors and carpets throughout They did excellent work, which was completed in a timely and efficient fashion. Zeke Kaplan personally addressed any questions or concerns. I heartily recommend them and would certainly use them again.
From the initial walk through to their insightful suggestions, the quality of work and the timeliness in completing the projects, it was truly a pleasure to deal with Zeke and his wonderful team. In an industry where one often hears complaints and complications, it is refreshing to find a company that is honest and a pleasure to deal with from the start.
If trust is the cornerstone of a successful relationship with a contractor then ZZ achieved it in the highest order. With the significant number of renovations we have incurred over the years we would rank ZZ in terms of price, product, and process as the absolute best It is without hesitation that we recommended them to our family and friends.
We had an excellent experience with Zeke and his team from start to finish. He used skilled trades people who were all courteous and professional with both the skills and experience to complete the work. Zeke managed his team exceptionally well and ensured they all worked well together. All work was completed on time and done efficiently, often exceeding our expectations. Zeke was especially easy to collaborate with and flexible to adjust both the scope of the project and meeting tight timelines. His cost estimates were fairly priced. We could not have had a better experience or workable relationship and highly recommend ZZ Contracting.
I had a fantastic experience with Zeke, Campbell and the rest of the ZZ Contracting team, and would highly recommend them. They are the most professional contractors I have ever worked with. Always on time, extremely fast, super clean and very respectful of the homeowners property. Zeke and Campbell took the time to really understand what I was trying to achieve with my project, and helped develop a detailed plan that worked for my budget. They were very clear and proactive in communicating with me, and I always knew what to expect with them. The speed with which they worked was incredible – I have never seen contractors that can get so much done in such a short time, Their end product was outstanding, and showed the pride they put in their work. I will definitely be contacting Zeke if I require any contractor work in the future.
We are passionate about our Community and strong believers that we must support impactful initiatives to continue strengthening and nourishing the communities that surround us. We are fortunate at ZZ Contracting to hold an annual campaign that contributes to a unique, non–profit organization that cultivates our diverse Community. We are proud to have numerous non–profit partners, who, together, strengthen our communities, our city and our planet. Click below to learn more about some of the wonderful organizations we are proud to support.
We are proud of having highly recognised standards
Designlines Cover Story (2023 Sustainable Design Issue)
Toronto Star (College Laneway House a family affair that transforms small space into expansive home)
Design Lines Magazine (For the Love of Toronto’s Modern Laneway Houses)
Design Lines Magazine (The Laneway House that Harbord Village Built in Toronto)
Dwell (A Compact Laneway House in Toronto Takes Back Underused Space)
Toronto Life (How a $500,000 laneway house went from a Hollywood rental to a no-cost retreat for nurses)
Gleaner (Alleyway on the cutting edge)
Globe and Mail (A bright, crisp example of Toronto laneway living)
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